By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog
The Brazos County (TX) Attorney has filed formal charges against a former top-level Texas A&M Administrator after a background check found he allegedly lied on his resume and job application documents about his degrees and military service.
According to a report on KBTX.com Channel 3 serving Bryan and College Station Texas, the former Senior Vice President for Administration at Texas A&M was charged with Fraudulent or Fictitious Degree, a Class “B” Misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $2,000 and six months in jail.
In June, the accused resigned from his position following a background check of his credentials that revealed he had allegedly lied on his resume and job application by stating he was a Navy SEAL and had a master’s or doctorate degree from Tufts University. A plea hearing is set for November 10th, according to court documents.
Resume fraud is a growing problem, especially during the recent down economy, as people struggle to find work and are willing to do anything – including lie about their experience and education – to find a job. A 2003 study conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) found that over half (53 percent) of all job applications contained inaccurate information, a figure that is likely higher given the current economic climate.